Wendy Davis gets big donations from abortion rights backers

Wendy Davis gets big donations from abortion rights backers

AUSTIN — Democrat Wendy Davis collected $100,000 in the last month from Austin Planned Parenthood board member Aimee Boone and $100,000 from EMILY’s List, a political committee that supports Democratic women who back abortion rights.

Other big donors during the most recent reporting period included investor Rani Clasquin of Austin, $50,000; League City trial lawyer Ronald Krist, $50,000; and eight contributions of $25,000, including from Cecilia Boone and Suzanne Bartolucci.

In addition, her most recent report shows that Planned Parenthood’s political committee spent $20,000 to conduct a poll on Davis’ behalf and $9,000 for Web design and staff time.

Davis reported raising $2.85 million in the latest period, between Jan. 24 and Feb. 22. She has $11 million on hand. Republican challenger Greg Abbott raised $2.5 million during the same period and has nearly $30 million in his campaign account.

Underscoring the national dimension of the race, 27 percent of Davis’ total in the latest report came from outside Texas, compared with 2 percent of Abbott’s total.

But Abbott reported 15 contributions of $50,000 or more. They included $250,000 from former telecommunications executive and horse breeder Kenny Troutt of Dallas, $125,000 from Midland oilman Javaid Anwar, and several $100,000 donations, including from Dallas energy executive Trevor Rees-Jones.

Abbott relied heavily on large donors for contributions in the period. Nearly 71 percent of his total came in contributions of $10,000 or more. Less than half of Davis’ total came in contributions of $10,000 or more.

Many of Davis’ donations were smaller, but she reported $51,266 in private airplane…Continued here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/elections/20140225-wendy-davis-gets-big-donations-from-abortion-rights-backers.ece?nclick_check=1

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